Baby, it’s cold outside — but the Bainbridge Island arts scene is once again heating up for its annual apex event: the Winter Studio Tour.
This year’s tour boasts 63 participating artists, whose works and wares will be on display throughout eight different island studios from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4.
“We have some gorgeous art this year,” said tour spokeswoman Dinah Satterwhite, including pieces from a wide range of mediums and materials such as paintings, wood working, sculpture, photography, illustrations, acrylics, glass, etched materials, jewelry, ceramics, wearables, fiber, polymer, paper, pottery, batik, and even woven cedar.
All works on display are unique and hand-crafted by the artists themselves. Visiting the studios also allows guests a chance to see the process behind their favorite pieces, as many featured artists have works in-progress during the tour.
By visiting and shopping at the tour, Satterwhite said, guests are not only buying unique works of art, but also supporting the local economy and helping working artists to thrive.
This year’s event roster includes some returning names as well as some newcomers to the tour. Some of the artists displaying work will be: Mike Biskup, Kay Walsh, Ellen Corke, Rick Stafford, Barbara Judy, Jean-Claude Louis, Leslie Hassett, Bryan Woodford, Donna Lee Dowdney, Louise Grant &Walter Bell, Sue Skelly, Richard Ashton, Robin Charters, Terry Siebert, Dawn McNamara, Yoshiko Yamamoto and many others.
The event venues are: Robert Spangler Studio (8495 NE Oddfellows Road), the American Legion Hall (7880 NE Bucklin Hill Road), the Filipino-American Hall (7566 NE High School Road), the Masonic Lodge (1299 Grow Ave.), Sylvia Carlton’s Studio (1245 Grow Ave. NW), the Grange Hall (10340 Madison Ave. NE), Siebert Pottery Studio (9766 NE Valley Road) and Hidden Cove Pottery &Tile (7176 NE Hidden Cove Road).
Guests are free to visit any and all the venues in the order of their choosing and at their own pace; several will have light refreshments and musical entertainment as well. Visit www.bistu diotour.com for a complete list of artists and a tour map.